Monday, July 26, 2010

Our First Lubumbashi Zone Conference

We are apart of the Lubumbashi Zone.  The center front couple is President and Sister Gary Packer.  Seated to the left is Elder and Sister Brent Jameson. These couples are gifted amazing people. We are to the right.  There are 28 young missionaries in this zone.  There are 59 in the entire mission.  Within the next 3-4 months, there will be 32 more coming.  This is the time for Africa!  The gospel is really growing here!.
These missionaries are very versed in the scriptures and have deep, abiding testimonies.  They travel everywhere without cars.  They have cell phones but people here in the Congo have few. All of the young missionaries are native Africans. The come from the Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Cameroon, Bmuji Maya, Kinshasa and other neighboring areas. They are extremely effective in their teaching.  They love their Savior and are anxious to share the gospel wherever they go.
The Sister missionaries are an amazing addition to the teaching and convert baptisms that are occuring.  They are fearless and valiant in walking the small communities and getting to know the sisters.  Most of the women of the area speak Swahili and they speak that as well as French. They sang like angels in the Zone Conference in beautiful four part harmony.  It is sung acapella and truly brings the spirit of the Lord when they share their testimonies through song.  It IS the time for Africa!

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